JUMP Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App – 24 May 2017

Make sure not to miss the Jump Session on 24th May about Connections Mobile app involving both cloud and on-premises deployment. It promises to be very interesting.

  • Topic: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App
  • Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

Webcast URL: https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2964bcb7d60d6a6f97a23bdc42a53ba0

Password: “webcast”.

At the following page you can download the “ics” file for your calendar and view other details about the session:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27049647


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The Engage Experience!

This year I was lucky enough to visit Antwerp and attend the “Engage” Conference.

First of all, Antwerp is a really beautiful city, it pays off to spare a few days and thoroughly enjoy the city. The architecture is stunning and the view at the Scheldt river is overwhelming. This also applies to the venue, Elisabeth Center Antwerp, it is very spacious, modern and I find it perfect for this kind of conference. It is located directly at the Antwerpen Central station (which is btw awesome), surrounded by many hotels, restaurants and cafés. I liked the layout of the Conference pretty much, the lunch area was at the same time the sponsor area, which I think allowed better interaction with the Sponsors.

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At the Engage I concentrated on the IBM Cloud and Administration Sessions in general.

The sessions I liked most:

Embracing IoT in the Enterprise and Blocking the Top 10 Risks by Gabriella Davis

Really interesting session, Gabriella explained what are the top risks and opportunities that come with IoT. After this session, it became clear to me which skills I should acquire and in which way to evolve in long term.

IBM Connections Adminblast by Christoph Stöttner

Stoeps always has new mind-blowing suggestions to make your day as a Connections Administrator a lot easier.

Successful Domino Consolidation and Cost Reduction by Daniel Nashed

Daniel explained a lot of configuration settings which should be implemented on every Domino server, as well as many general Tipps for running Domino. Not to miss.

A Hitchhikers guide to troubleshooting Connections by Sharon Bellamy James and Roberto Boccadoro

Sharon and Roberto did a great job explaining everything you need to know to successfully troubleshot IBM Connections.

The sessions I visited regarding IBM Cloud and Hybrid Environment showed me that there are many tools (some of which are free) to migrate to the IBM Cloud, which is feature rich, dynamic and all in all offers some neat solutions. Here is where the IBM Dual-Entitlement license comes in handy, with it you can use IBM Collaboration solutions in a hybrid environment or in the cloud without the need to adjust your IBM licenses.

To summarize it all, it was a great conference with a personal flair, many thanks to Theo Heselmans for making it happen.

IBM Connections Plug-ins for Notes – File Upload Issue

If you are forcing SSL for Connections applications and using Connections Plug-ins for Notes, you may get the following error when trying to upload files through the plug-in:

“A problem with the server was encountered”

To get around this you must add the following line to the “plugin_customization.ini”:

com.ibm.documents.connector.service/ENABLE_SSL=true

The “plugin_customization.ini” you need edit is located in “<notes_installation_directory>\framework\rcp\”.

Verse On-Premise and Connections Files

Recently I had a problem with Verse On-Premises and Connections Files integration. Integration with Connections Profiles was working fine, but uploading an attachment to a new mail and Files application or attaching a file directly from Files App was just not working. After a bit of troubleshooting I opened a PMR.

After a little while I got an information that Verse On-Premises and Connections Files integration is officially not supported. It will be supported in future, it just isn´t supported in the current release.

Shortly after that I managed to solve the problem with the help of Roberto Boccadoro. Check out his post about this issue.

The integration with Connections Files works, you just may not get help from the IBM Support if you run into a serious problem.

Photos missing in Sametime Webclient

Recently I tried to configure Sametime Proxy Server to show profile photos from IBM Connections in Sametime web client business cards. SSO through LTPA was setup between Sametime, 9.0.1 version, and Connections, 5.5 CR2 version, environment and the configuration needed was done on the Sametime Proxy server. But after synchronization and restart of the ST Proxy, the photos would still not show up in the web client.

Video showing this error.

As you can see the browser just tries to load the photo and there are no errors in GUI. With Chrome and Fiddler I managed to catch HTTP 403 error, I could also see the HTTP 403 error in the IBM HTTP Server log, rather than that there were no other errors. I think it is also important to mention that with IE and Fiddler I could not catch the HTTP 403 error, the IE would not even stop trying to load the photo.

The solution was to set “allowJsonpJavelin” to “true” in the “profiles-config.xml” file.

<allowJsonpJavelin enabled=”true”/> 
After that just synchronize the nodes and restart Connections Applications, most likely it will be enough just to restart the “Profiles” application.
Big thanks to Martin Leyrer and Dave Fleetham for helping me solve this one, I hope this will show up soon in the Knowledge Center. 🙂
This configuration change is needed only if you upgrade Connections to 5.0 CR4 or later.
There is also a blog post from Tom Bosmans about this matter.

 

IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.16 Available

IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.16 Update is available for Download.

This update covers all previous updates and beside usual fixes, this updates enables Java 1.8 Support. Which is important and makes this update a requirement before installing IBM Domino Feature Pack 8 which will come later on.

Fix List

Release Notes

Download from Fix Central

Make sure to visit Daniel Nashed´s Blog, specifically the posts about IBM Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 and Java 1.8 Support where he described the impact of the coming changes and new features in great detail.